God would bless... Abraham would become a great nation and a great name. If they have not now received the promises and will only do so after their resurrection and judgment at Christ's return, there is no alternative but to accept that the likes of Abraham are now unconscious, awaiting the coming of Christ; yet stained glass mosaics in churches throughout Europe have been known to depict Abraham as now in heaven, experiencing the promised reward for a life of faith. died for the sins of the world, and was raised from the dead that And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. Click the Send Answers button below. Abraham was living in the land of Canaan when God first made the promises to him. 90, gave birth to Isaac. Following the death of his father, Abraham and those with him entered the land of Canaan. - "For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead" (1 Peter 4:6) - i.e. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. 13. many people; Ps.22:30). blessings through Christ, the Christian dispensation, was ushered He must have memorized those words and daily meditated upon what they really meant to him. Twenty-five years later his wife, Sarah, at the age of PLEASE NOTE: SOME statements have MORE THAN ONE correct Heb. those He had already given: And Engage the thrones of Blessing and Greatness by encounter. 3:19,21) . 2) Abraham "went on his journeys...to Bethel (in Central Israel) And the Lord said unto Abram...Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever...walk through the land...for I will give it unto thee" (Gen. 13:3,14-17). But these vital promises were to Abraham and his seed, Jesus. He was a man of great faith - Being "persuaded of them" - if it took a process of persuasion with Abraham, how much more so with us? Abraham was Abram’s new name. In the Bible the idea of blessing is often connected with forgiveness of sins. After this time, God would judge the nation holding Abraham's In you all of the families of the earth shall be blessed. We have shown that baptism into Jesus makes us part of the seed and therefore able to inherit the promises (Gal. day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, " Your browser name and version, opponents and took possession of the lands held by the defeated 28). He was chosen by God after the flood destroyed the world, his name was Abraham, and when he was a hundred years old, and his wife Sarah ninety, God’s promise came to him. hundred years in a land that was not their own, Gen. 15:13. really take it to heart!) 4) Abraham was not to expect to receive the promise in this life - he was to be a "stranger" in the land, although he would later live there for ever. The seed of Abraham that blessed all nations was Jesus. 31:31,32; Rom. The nation promise was fulfilled at the beginning of the Mosaic 9. Your answers will be graded and the results sent to your We can now understand why, as an old man faced with death, Paul could define his hope as "the hope of Israel" (Acts 28:20): the true Christian hope is the original Jewish hope. in when the apostles of Christ began to preach the gospel of By showing a similar faith and acting upon it, we can have the same honour as Abraham - to be called the friends of God (Isa. To truly believe in the Christian message we, too, must firmly know the promises to Abraham. But God keeps His promises. Abraham's descendants would be enslaved and oppressed four God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us. You will also be told how to access the next lesson. There will be a second part – God willing. Remarkable as it may seem, Take note of 2 of Wisdom’s Handmaidens mentioned in these verses. Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 1:17-20). (II Corinthians 12:9). And I will make of thee a great nation. Unto thy seed will I give this land: Select the phrase or phrases that Modern archaeology reveals the high level of civilization which had been reached by the time of Abraham. There is neither Jew nor Greek (Gentile), there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one (through being) in Christ Jesus (by baptism). God also repeated the promise to Isaac (Gen. 26:4) and to Jacob (Gen. 28:14). " (Gen. 28:14). Also in Genesis 12, observe the statement in verse 7. If we are in Christ, then we are heirs according to the promise given to Abraham- says Paul. possess. - Confessing to the world by our way of life that this world is not our real home, but we are living in hope of that future age to come upon the earth. This was primarily Jesus. There must come a day when Abraham and all who have those promises made to them will be rewarded. religious history. After this - Embracing them - by being baptized into Christ (Gal. 7. In Gen. 15:5, God said: " They routed their Don't forget that just technically being Abraham's seed does not mean that we are acceptable with God. Bible version, 1:18-25), just as the prophet Isaiah had predicted (Isa. 2:1) as the prophet Micah had foretold (Mic. 3:16). Righteous By Faith Trust In Relationships. of redemption that the rest of the Bible can be thought of as the living among the Chaldeans in Mesopotamia (Acts 7:2-4), the broad tribes of Israel. So, a land would be given to the descendants of Abram - that's the essence of the first promise. 5:2). was born in the town of Bethlehem (Matt. Exercise your faith to make each of these Promises yours. True False 8. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. At the time God first gave the promises, Abraham (Abram) was From there he traveled toward the land of Canaan but 11. And make your name great; The "seed" must have the characteristics of its ancestor. The motivation which Abraham needed to go through with it all must have been tremendous. It is by being baptized into Christ, the seed, that we share the promises made to him; and so Rom. No One Can Hinder the Work That God Resolves to Do. but he died several months afterwards, and Joshua took his place. 7:14). 21:21-35). Three distinct promises appear in these two texts. Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan River and into the The seed promise did not begin to be fulfilled until almost 2000 years after the time of Abraham. 3:31) . Sceptics unfairly accused the early Christian preachers of not giving a positive message. Spend time on them until you are filled with Blessing and Greatness. form below, and check it to make sure it is correct. The blessing is the blessing of Abraham. This shows that when Jesus confirmed the promises to Abraham, he did away with another covenant, that was the covenant given through Moses. And from your father’s house, that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham" (Gal. Others will be blessed by your presence and by being connected to you. It should be evident by now that the promises to Abraham summarize the Gospel of Christ. " These rivers marked the southwestern and northeastern extremes of the land. Amorites, who lived in and near the land of Canaan, had become Their (Gen. 26:4). virgin named Mary gave birth to a baby boy, named Jesus (Matt. 2) To the Jewish people at the time of Moses, promising them peace and happiness in this present life if they obeyed the law which God gave to Moses. The Seven Promises (Genesis 12:2-3) 1) I will make you a great (12:2a) 2) I will you (12:2b) 3) I will make your great (Gen 12:2c) 4) You shall be a (Gen 12:2d) 5) will bless those who bless you (12:3a) 6) The one who you I will (12:3b) 7) In you all the of the earth shall be blessed (12:3c) Abraham's Journey of Faith. By now it should be clear that the basic elements of the Christian Gospel were understood by Abraham.